Have you ever passed up a piece of beautiful chrome furniture and said to yourself “it’s a great design, but the chrome is too rusty and tarnished”? Never again! Here is Lewis Interiors 3-step quick & easy process to resurrect your chrome pieces.
1. Start with 0000 steel wool, which is easily purchased at any hardware store. You may want to wear rubber gloves during this step, if you have sensitive skin. Buff vigorously every square inch of the chrome. This will in most cases eliminate pitting, or at least clean them out to the point that they are very hard to see.
2. Once buffed, spray the chrome generously with Windex.
3. Wipe the chrome clean with a microfiber towel. You're done!
You will be AMAZED at how strong and resilient chrome is. We have used this time-tested method at Lewis Interiors for many years to revive hundreds of chrome pieces!
At Lewis Interiors, we pride ourselves in the quality craftsmanship that is showcased in each of our custom pieces. Our Mid Century Modern inspired designs are timeless and classic. Each piece of our Classic Collection furniture line is handcrafted personally by owners, Ted & John Lewis. The quality of construction and materials is unmatched in the world of new furniture building. After a decade of experience running a full-service upholstery shop, we have seen everything (literally!). Most consumers would be disappointed to know what lies under the fabric of their furniture. The truth is that cardboard and/or MDF is the norm, which is why the lifespan of most new furniture is only about two years. We offer time-tested QUALITY. We build using Scandinavian design concepts and honor the craftsmanship of true MCM furniture. You can see and feel the difference!
5 POINTS OF QUALITY you will find in our handcrafted pieces:
1- Lewis Interiors uses 1 3/4” thick Arizona White Oak or Ash hardwood. All joints are secured using the Domino and glue jointing technique. Our furniture is built heavy to the floor for a solid foundation to ensure the test of time. An average MCM leg is approximately 1 inch. The extra thickness in our wood adds to the stability and durability of our furniture.
2- Lewis Interiors pads all of our hardwood frames with 3.5 lb. per sq inch high-density foam. This guarantees a tight fit and quick lift of the fabric. The backs and seats of our furniture are padded with 2.5 lb per sq inch high-density foam. This ensures a relaxing yet supporting comfort. This is far superior quality than you will find inside most furniture.
3- Lewis Interiors uses a “360 upholstery” approach on all of our products. Meaning, we use the same fabric for the decks and the bottom dustcovers of our furniture. Most furniture companies use a lesser quality fabric on certain parts of their furniture to save costs. We don’t cut any corners!
4- Lewis Interiors uses a modular design for our furniture. Meaning, our furniture is pieced together in segments rather than a uni-body design. This ensures a perfect fit and straight upholstery. The modular design method allows for a more structurally sound and durable design.
5- Lewis Interiors has specific maker’s marks on all of our custom handcrafted furniture. Our Lewis Interiors brand is burned into the bottom of our frames. Our Lewis Interiors labels are sewn into our cushions. You will know FOR SURE if you have a Lewis Interiors quality piece. No guess work!
Lewis Interiors - Handcrafted Quality. Classic Design. Timeless Style.
The 5-step method below is intended for cleaning standard fabric & plastic (NOT cardboard) lampshades. These simple steps are time-tested by Lewis Interiors. We have developed and used this exact method to clean MANY vintage and retro lampshades over the years with great results. You won't be disappointed!
Cleaning your vinyl records can easily be done with the proper setup and materials. Use these steps for a DIY approach of perfecting your vinyl collection. At Lewis Interiors, we use an easy 7-step process to clean all of our vinyl records:
-Sturdy board (13"x13" or larger)
-2 microfiber towels
-Flat paint sponge
-Spray bottle filled with 90% distilled water & 10% rubbing alcohol (must use 91% Isopropyl Alcohol)
1. Attach a microfiber towel to the sturdy board. We staple ours, but you can be creative in this process, depending on how often you will be cleaning records.
2. Attach a small-headed screw in the center of the board to hold the record.
3. Place the record on the board, hanging from the center screw.
4. Spray the painter's sponge with your alcohol mixture.
5. Spin the sponge around the record. It will clean the grooves out nicely. Be very careful not the touch the label with the wet sponge during this step.
6. Finally, wipe the record with a clean & dry microfiber towel.
7. Repeat these steps for the second side of the vinyl record.
These simple 7 steps will give you a squeaky clean record without damaging it! This is a time-tested method we have used for many years to clean all of our personal and listed vinyl records. We have thousands in our own collection, and have never been disappointed! Check out our eBay store to see our vast vinyl record selection. With nearly 800 records currently listed, you're sure to find something you love!
Question: What classifies an item as vintage, anyway?
For listing purposes, at Lewis Interiors we consider anything that is not being currently made, produced, or in production at the present time "vintage". This means that even if something was made last year - and is not being made this year - it will be considered vintage for listing and searching purposes. Discontinued items become hard to find, and can be categorized as such - as long as you are representing the item to the best of your ability. It is important to add as much info as possible when listing items in an online platform, such as mentioning the year, model, and condition if possible. There are usually no discrepancies between the buyer and seller if as much information as possible is disclosed. While we could pontificate on what the "true" definition of vintage is, and we all certainly have our own opinions, this is our working definition when listing our items on various eCommerce platforms. Check out our eBay store for lots of vintage items!
After many years of refurbishing and reupholstering furniture in our previous full-service upholstery shop, the clean lines and quality build of Scandinavian furniture design has greatly influenced the vision for our Classic Collection furniture.
We build our furniture with time-tested methods. All of our internal framing is made from premium sustainable and solid kiln-dried hardwood. This is something you won't find with most new furniture. All of our pieces are precisely joined by glue, dominoes, and pocket screws - then sanded and smoothed of sharp edges. Our bases are built using a single 4/8 slab of Arizona White oak, ensuring that you have an even and deep wood grain. They are then tightly joined with thick dominoes and glue.
Our seats and backs are tight woven with high quality Eco-friendly jute web, which provides a seat that is comfortable and ergonomic. This is achieved without the sinking and slouching that can happen with traditional box spring designs.
Our textural, durable tweed alongside the warmth of our hard oak bases and arm plates are commonly inspired by nature and the Nordic climate - Producing our Nordic-inspired colors of Oatmeal, Bright Blue and Gray. However, in some homes, brighter modern pops of colors are preferred, like our Mustard Seed, Rust Orange, and Teal Green.
In the tradition of the great Scandinavian designers and builders, we prefer a minimalistic, clean design with an attention to detail. All of our furniture is built using quality materials by master craftsmen in a small workshop. All of our furniture is personally handcrafted by our owners, Ted & John Lewis. No outsourcing or cheap labor here. Made proudly in the USA, using only the best time-tested construction methods!
Quadraphonic sound is basically the original form of surround sound. It was developed in the 1970s. You can experience true quadraphonic sound by utilizing a quadraphonic compatible amplifier and 4 speakers located in each corner of the room, OR by using quadraphonic headphones. While you can play any type of media on a quadraphonic system, the only way to achieve true quadraphonic sound is by using quadraphonic recorded media, such as tapes and records. This is a very unique way of enjoying your vintage music. Lewis Interiors has several quadraphonic records available in the Vinyl Records category of our eBay store.
When it comes to midcentury modern furniture, the list of notable and influential designers is vast and varied. At Lewis Interiors, we have been inspired by many of these designers. We have had the opportunity to refurbish and sell thousands of pieces of furniture by talented designers from all over the world. Each piece is a true unique work of art. Our own handcrafted custom furniture line - Lewis Interiors Classic Collection - showcases this same handcrafted quality, classic design, and timeless style... Which in this day and age is hard to find! Lewis Interiors has tons of vintage furniture available in our eBay store.
Here is a list of our all-time favorite top 15 MCM designers, in no particular order:
-Charles & Ray Eames
Who are your favorite MCM designers, and why?
We have a passion for records. Our extensive record collection includes all genres, including soundtracks and specialty albums. We only list the best and cleanest records we have. All of the records we sell are graded VG or better. We have nearly 700 records listed, and THOUSANDS waiting to be uploaded! If you're looking for something specific, let us know. We just might have it in our collection!
We take great pride in our mailing efforts. All of our records are shipped in a specialty reinforced cardboard box made specifically for vinyl records. We also remove the record from the cover to prevent splitting. We reinforce with corrugated cardboard, then the record, cover and original slipcover are placed in a reusable plastic slipcover for friction safety.
Moral of the story: If you're ordering a record from Lewis Interiors, rest assured that it will arrive to you in excellent condition. Our small handling fee pays for the box and shipping supplies. Trust us, it's worth it. If you've dealt with other sellers who don't pack and ship properly... you know EXACTLY what we're talking about! Lewis Interiors has tons of vinyl records available in our eBay store!
SNEAK PEAK!! The Classic Collection will be launching soon! Our handcrafted, MCM-inspired custom furniture pieces that you've been waiting for are almost here! Choose your wood tone and fabric & leave the rest up to us! Lounge chairs, love seats, sofas, and ottomans available. The quality and craftsmanship you're looking for at a price point you can afford! Made in America - Support small businesses! Enjoy this sneak peak of our process and products! Stay tuned for more info...
Lewis Interiors loves everything modern, vintage, & retro! Specializing in MCM and custom built furniture, Lewis Interiors has a wealth of knowledge and experience!